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Khon Kaen

February 9 - February 14, 2002


About Thailand
About the Trip
Scenic Wallpaper
Thai Language
Links and Books
About the Author
Getting there
Ubon Ratchathani
Ko Chang
Surat Thani
Suan Mokkh #1
Suan Mokkh #2
Suan Mokkh #3
Suan Mokkh #4
Chiang Mai #1
Western Laos
Vang Vieng
Lake Nam Ngum
Nong Khai
Khon Kaen
Chiang Mai #2
Chiang Mai #3
Chiang Mai #4
Chiang Mai #5
Mae Sariang
Mae Hong Son
Tham Lot
Chiang Mai #6
Nan & Phrae
Um Phang
Mae Sot
Bang Pa-in
Udon Thani
Sakhon Nakhon
That Phanom
Nakhon Phanom
Sri Racha
Going Home
Here's the email I sent home from Khon Kaen:

I've gone south a few hours from the Laos border to the city of Khon Kaen. It reminds me of Ubon Ratchathani (the first town we went to in Thailand) in that I can walk around for hours at a time without seeing another farang. People are always staring at me and trying to get me to stop and talk to them.

Train ticket

Walking into town from the train station I was stopped by a bunch of high-school students who wanted to interview me for an English class project. They asked me a bunch of questions about where I've been in Thailand and what I liked. Afterwards they gave me a really nice little embroidered pouch as a present.


I met a couple of American girls yesterday who turned out to be foreign- exchange students from the local university.
Page from a Thai comic book
So they took me back to their dormitory and introduced me to about a dozen other American students and I spent the rest of the day hanging out on campus with them. The university grounds are huge, practically a city in itself. It was refreshing talking to other farangs who can actually speak Thai, as none of the tourists I meet ever bother trying to learn. Though I was a bit dismayed to discover that they could already read Thai script despite having only been in country for a month. On the other hand the 5-hour long Thai classes they described didn't exactly sound like a lot of fun.

Local bus ticket

My guesthouse room is covered in graffiti, some of it's pretty funny shit. I added a Ren & Stimpy quote as my personal contribution.


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